News Release (Draft

Department of Labor and Employment
30 October 2014

Towards Child Labor Free Philippines,
National Children’s Month ends on a high note

"Much has been done in the area of child labor prevention and elimination, but much
is still expected from us. Admittedly, poverty will always be seen as the culprit that
pushes children to work. Helping those who do not have the means is the
transformative action called upon by the inclusive growth framework.”

This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz, at the close of the National Children’s Month, rallying a call on stakeholders
“to continue partnering with the DOLE and other government agencies in ensuring
that child laborers and their families will be transformed and reintegrated into their
communities with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and dreams.”

The month-long celebration, spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with
Special Concerns (BWSC) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),
concluded with the Children’s Arts Festival held at the Skydome, SM City North Edsa
on 29 October, where close to hundred children and child welfare advocates from
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

are: 1st Place – Allen C. Batiancila. storytelling from Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. “Batang Malaya.(PCCI). have also been awarded. and ventriloquist stint from Ony Carcamo. Enerlan. and San Juan National High School attended. and 3rd Place – Dany Cris M.14 years old. The second category winners. 11 years old. Derecho. Dasmariñas North High School. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. the winners are: 1st Place . held last 18 October at the Ichikawa Auditorium. De Torres. children were indulged in a festive treat with performances from Rondalla on Wheels and Igal-Igal Badjao Dance. Hizon. 2nd Place – Thrish Anne M. ages 14 to 17. At the event. Occupational Safety and Hazard Center in Agham Road. Catandaan Yabut National High School.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).” amplifies the importance of social protection in attaining sustainable and inclusive growth.Dandreb E. Labanan!. For the first category with contestants ages 13 and below. 2nd Place – Ryan P. . Dasmariñas North High School. 12 years old. and 3rd Place – Kianne Marie P. Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. Claro M. Angelitud. Quezon City. Children’s Group. 13 years old. 16 years old. 15 years old. Children’s Group. This year’s theme. Recto High School. Proteksyunan! Child Labor. Winners for the On-the-Spot Painting Contest.

Kaya po maipagkakapuri natin na nagtatagumpay po tayo sa ating laban kung ito ang ating magiging batayan.” Baldoz said. There is no other way but speak the unspeakable and show the nation that which it refuses to see.” The winning entries of this year’s contests can be viewed and accessed at the Batang Malaya Youtube Channel. at panahon sa ating antichild labor campaign. We must further intensify this anti-child campaign -. and 3rd Place – “Malaya Nga Ba?” by Dominique Osal. and Armida Reyes. “While this may be a good news for us.” Baldoz said.Winners for the Public Service Announcement were also recognized at the event.S. she cited the favorable results of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor by the U. salapi. The DOLE’s BWSC is also brewing up . 2nd Place – “Kawikaan 22:6” by Euniz Johanne Garcia. Napakalaki na rin po ng ating ipinuhunang lakas. Department of Labor to which the Philippines reached the “significant advancement” status along with other 12 countries in the Asia Pacific. Facebook Page. and the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) website. Substantiating this. Chinina Perez. we cannot be complacent. “Napakatagal na pong panahon na tayo ay nakikipagbaka laban sa child labor. “Pangalawang taon na po ito na „significant achievement‟ ang rating ng Pilipinas sa nasabing US DOL Findings. to wit: 1st Place – “Sa Likod ng Ngiti” by Jasmin Monroy.

is made possible in partnership with SM Skydome. along with the Children’s Arts Festival.agreements with private sector and local government units for exhibiting the entries on billboards and public vidiwalls. Canon Philippines. Inc.. Globe Telecom. and Jollibee Foods Corporation. END/hjtg . The line of activities in the National Children’s Month. SM Cares Foundation. Bank of the Philippine Islands.